The first question to Andy Pettitte yesterday was – naturally – what the weather looked like for tonight’s game at Fenway Park. Pettitte, who pretty much had his entire spring training washed out by rain, smiled broadly and reported that he’d actually just looked at the forecast and – in a shocker – saw that it was supposed to be sunny and warm.
Sitting in my hotel room, I can report that it is, in fact, a lovely day out so it seems likely that the veteran lefty will have pristine conditions as he begins his 16th season in the majors. At this point, Pettitte has pitched essentially the equivalent of a whole season just against the Red Sox, and he’ll take a 18-9, 3.74 ERA against Boston to the mound tonight.
As in years past, there have already been rumblings that this will be Pettitte’s last season. I wouldn’t be surprised, but I’ll also believe it when I see it. Either way, it’s amazing what he’s been able to do over the past few years and it’ll be intriguing to see if he can continue to succeed for one more go-around. If you get a chance, check out Pettitte’s audio; there’s some interesting stuff, particularly when he’s asked if he still gets excited for his first start.
Not wanting to seem jaded, Pettitte hesitated, hemmed and hawed, and then finally, said, “I guess I need to say ‘yeah.’”
Honest Andy. Take a listen below.